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Canada 2016 Iconic Canada - Native American Inukshuk $10 Pure Silver Proof with Reverse 24-Carat Gold Plating

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Iconic Canada! Get the first-ever reverse gold-plated coin from the Royal Canadian Mint, depicting a human-like Native American Inuit Inukshuk! Sold out at the Mint in record time!

Sold out at the Mint!Celebrate Canada’s uniqueness with the Iconic Canada Program! Canadians express their sense of national identity and pride through objects that carry a deeper, special meaning. This pure silver proof celebrates the Arctic Inukshuk - the Native American Inuit stone structure that conveys friendship and guidance-as an iconic representation of Canada and the Canadian spirit.

This is the first ever reverse gold-plated coin from the Royal Canadian Mint! With the exception of the engraved design and effigy, both the coin’s obverse and reverse are plated in pure, 24-karat gold, to give this pure silver coin the unique appearance of a gold one. To indicate this, a special plating mark (a capital letter "P" in a circle) appears on the reverse, under the portrait of the Queen.

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InukshukLandmark in a Barren Land
An inukshuk (plural form: inuksuit; singular form often pronounced inutsuk in certain Inuit dialects) is a stone landmark used as a milestone or directional marker by the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. Inuksuit have become the de facto symbol of the Territory of Nunavut since its establishment on April 1, 1999. An inukshuk can even be found on the official flag of the territory.

In the Inuit language, the word “Inukshuk” means "in the likeness of a human being"; as such, it is a powerful symbol of survival, family and community. Dotting the vast northern lands, inukshuks (also known as inuksuks) can take different forms for specific purposes, such as ways to mark fishing and hunting grounds, traditional animal migration routes, or as a welcome sign that says “You are on the right path” to a lonely traveler in the otherwise featureless and forbidding Arctic landscape. Subscribe now!

Inuksuit differ from some cairns in significance. The Arctic Circle, dominated by permafrost, has few natural landmarks and thus the inukshuk can be central to navigation across the barren tundra. They vary in shape and size, and perform a diverse array of tasks. It is a symbol with deep roots in the Inuit culture, a directional marker that signifies safety, hope and friendship. As time goes by more and more people of non-Inuit origin are adopting this uniquely Canadian symbol as one of their own!

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An Original Work of Art
The design by Canadian artist Tony Bianco features magnificent reverse gold plating, which creates a striking gold background and contrasts beautifully with the coin’s silver engraved elements. The Inukshuk is of the Innunguaq variety, with a “human-like” shape created by stacking multiple stones of different sizes, from large flat boulders that form the arms to the rounded boulders that form the legs and head. Meticulous engraving gives the stones a remarkably realistic, life-like quality, while the silver of the coin gives it a majestic, awe-inspiring gleam.

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The Territorial Flag of Nunavut, Featuring an Inukshuk and the North Star Official Flag of the Territory of Nunavut

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Technology Note - Gold Plating
The Royal Canadian Mint’s proprietary selective gold plating process is the most advanced in the world, resulting in unparalleled precision and beauty.

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Technology Note - Purity
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one-half troy ounce silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse

Inukshuk In BoxThe design by Canadian artist Tony Bianco features magnificent reverse gold plating, which creates a striking gold background and contrasts beautifully with the coin’s silver engraved elements. An inukshuk stands tall against the frozen Arctic sea and landscape. The date and denomination are also indicated.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications

Country Canada
Year of Issue 2016
   
Face Value 10 Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit      6,000
   
Finish Proof with Reverse Gold Plating
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Tony Bianco
Certificate Individually Numbered

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